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Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess
Film information
Directed by: Jamie Mitchell
Produced by: Jamie Mitchell (executive producer)
Craig Gerber (co-executive producer)
Written by: Craig Gerber
Music by: John Kavanaugh (songwriter/music director)
Kevin Kliesch (composer)
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Release Date(s): November 18, 2012
Running time: 48 minutes
Language: English
Followed by: "Just One of the Princes"

Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess is an animated television movie that premiered on November 18, 2012 on Disney Junior. It was the pilot for the animated series that premiered on January 11, 2013 starring the titular protagonist Sofia, and Flora, Fauna and Merryweather from Disney's Sleeping Beauty.


When her mother marries the king, Sofia becomes a member of the royal family and moves into their grand palace. She attends a preparatory school under the tutelage of fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather in order to train for her new role as princess. With the help of a magic amulet that enables her to talk to animals and an appearance from Cinderella, Sofia adjusts to her new surroundings and tries to form a bond with her initially reluctanct step-sister Amber.


As with many of the classic Disney movies, music plays an important role in Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess and the Sofia the First series. The movie features five original songs ranging in musical styles from contemporary pop in songs like "Rise and Shine" and ballads like "Not Ready To Be A Princess" to those with more of a traditional classic Disney feature film/Broadway style like "Royal Prep" performed by Fauna, Flora, Merryweather, and the students; "True Sisters" performed by Sofia and Cinderella; and "A Little Bit of Food," a fun, upbeat song performed by Clover and his fellow animals that uncovers the mystery of why woodland creatures have been hanging around princesses for years.





  • Sofia: It's okay, Clover, tell me. (Gives Clover a big hug)
  • Clover: Whoa, whoa, whoa! You ever heard of personal space? Put me down!
  • Sofia: Oh, sorry. You're just so cute and cuddly, I couldn't help it.
  • Clover: Yeah, well, please help it.

Sofia and Amber finally connect as real friends and sisters.

  • Amber: I was just jealous because everyone likes you more than me. Even my own brother.
  • Sofia: That's not true. You're the most popular princess at Royal Prep. You have no idea how happy I was when I found out we were going to be stepsisters!
  • Amber: Sofia, we're sisters.




  • Jennifer Hale, the voice of Cinderella, had to sing the song "True Sisters" due to Tami Tappan (Cinderella's singing voice) not being able to make the recording.


The special got the 5th most viewers for the week, with 5.151 million viewers, the highest for any Disney animated special since Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! in 2009. It was #1 or #2 for several areas: Top cartoon, non-sports program, top 1 hour show, and top Disney show. It has the largest 2-5 crowd (1.5 million) since Atlantis Squarepants from 2007. It was also Kids 6-11 (1.6 million/6.7 rating), and was the #2 scripted cable TV telecast in Total Viewers (5.151 million). Notably, the movie became the #1 cable TV telecast in 5 years in preschoolers 2-5 and in 10 years in Girls 2-5 (954,000/12.2 rating). On IMDB, the special has a 6.3 rating from 225 users. It also had 1.4 million adults watching it.

Sofia the First

Media: Sofia the First (Episode List) | Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess | Sofia the First: The Floating Palace | Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy | Disney Junior Storybook Collection | Disney Junior Little Golden Book Library | Songs and Story | Book Series | Videography

Characters: Sofia | Queen Miranda | King Roland II | Prince James | Princess Amber | Princess Hildegard | Cedric the Sorcerer/Sea Monster Cedric | Wormwood | Baileywick | Robin | Mia | Clover | Whatnaught | Goodwin the Great | Winifred the Wise | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Jade | Ruby Hanshaw | Princess Clio | Princess Maya | Prince Zandar | Princess Jun | Prince Hugo | Minimus | Princess Vivian | Crackle | Queen Cecily | Gnarly | Trolls | Teeni | Ginger | Mrs. Higgins | Violet the Maid | King Magnus | Barker | Lucinda | Princess Leena | Prince Jin | Magic Carpet | Baby Griffin | Prince Khalid | Meg and Peg | Boswell | Madam Ubetcha | Desmond | Miss Nettle | Sir Gillium | Professor Popov | Princess Mae | Princess Penelope | Princess Matilda | Lutiano | Princess Arsinoe | Helen Hanshaw | Oona | Queen Emmaline | Cora | Plank | Prince Frederick | Aunt Tilly | Wilbur the Wombeast | Suzette and Marcy | Prince Rupert | Sven | Farley | Lulu | Emperor Quon | Empress Lin-Lin | Madame Collette | Rex | Rosey | Prince Axel | Electra | Vaughan and Vance | Marla | Sir Bartleby | Sir Maxwell | Sir Finnegan | Queen Anya | Gwen | Chef Andre | Sofia the Worst | Lady Joy | Wu-Chang | Jade Jaguar | Sir Dax | Boo | Princess Lei-Lani | Mamanu | King and Queen of Hakalo | Praline | Freedo | Princess Zooey | Princess Ivy | Everburn, Nitelite and Flambeau

Disney Princess: Cinderella | Jasmine | Belle | Ariel | Aurora | Snow White | Mulan | Rapunzel | Tiana

Songs: Sofia the First Theme Song
Season 1: I'm Not Ready To Be A Princess | Royal Prep | A Little Bit Of Food | True Sisters | Rise and Shine | Princess Things | Anything | Perfect Slumber Party | Make Some Noise | Cedric The Great | Goldenwing Circus | All You Need | Blue Ribbon Bunny | I Belong | (You Can Always) Count On Baileywick | Picnic of the Year | Good Little Witch | The Ride of Your Lives | Bring My Best Friend Back | I'll Get My/That Amulet | The Buttercups (song) | Make Way for Miss Nettle | Enchancia Anthem | Make It Right | Bigger Is Better | Who's That? | A Recipe for Adventure | The Simple Life | Merroway Cove (song) | The Love We Share | Wassailia | Peace and Joy | Royal Fun
Season 2: Sisters and Brothers | Two by Two | All You Desire | Huzzah! Huzzah! | Me and My Mom | Tilly, Oh Tilly | Friendship Is The Formula | Be Your Own King | Make Your Wishes Well | Believe in Your Dream | Keeping Promises No Matter What | Mystic Meadows | Stronger Than You Know | The Ghostly Gala | A Princess True | In Your Paws | Know It All | Helping Hand | A Kingdom of My Own | From the Heart | Hoppin' Out With You | Play With Us | Never Forget The Sorcerer's Secret | Improvise

Locations: Enchancia | Trolls' Grotto | Royal Preparatory Academy | Tangu | Merroway Cove | Wei-Ling

Other: Amulet of Avalor | Aunt Tilly's Carpet Bag | Enchanted Mirror | Trident | Oona's Comb | Spells and Magic | Enchanted Swing Set | Troll Clubs | Wishing Well

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